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Roger Williams’ response to Army 2020 statement

July 5, 2012 4:26 PM
Originally published by Roger Williams MP

Following the statement by the Secretary of State for Defence on the Army 2020 review today in the House of Commons, Roger Williams MP commented:

'I am pleased to hear that Wales will continue to have three regiments; the Queen's Dragoon Guards, the Royal Welsh and the Welsh Guards.'

'Today's structural changes to the British Army have however seen the withdrawal of the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh. They are to be merged with the 1st Battalion Royal Welsh, who are currently serving gallantly in Afghanistan. This news is undoubtedly disappointing for those soldiers in, and associated with the unit. I must reiterate however that this does not mean the loss of any personnel at this moment in time through voluntary or mandatory redundancies.

'There were a number of positives from Army 2020 for Wales, such as the fact that the Queen's Dragoon Guards are to be saved. There will also be an enhanced role for the Barracks in Brecon where 160 Brigade HQ is currently based and 614 (West Glamorgan) Squadron will form in St Athan, South Wales.

'Despite this mixed result, today's review does demonstrate the continued importance of Wales to the British Army for recruitment and training. I will continue to wholeheartedly support our forces here in Wales who represent our country with incredible skill and courage."

ENDS